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Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Feature Researcher - Catharine Wilson - Buzz feed Video

They worked like “Bees in a Hive” according to Professor Catharine Wilson who studies reciprocal work “bees” –  barn raising and quilting bees.  These events take us into the heart of  neighbourhood, a defining part of rural life.   Delving into old diaries, she analyzes why bees were necessary, who participated and how people met the challenges of helping others, feeding big crowds, and coping with accidents and fights.   Her aim is to understand neighborhood in its real and idealized state  -  and why it matters.
Wilson, an award-winning scholar, holds the Francis and Ruth Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History.